Monday, September 26, 2016

Current Exhibition: Sally Jacobs, Ernie Marjoram, Jane Peterson

September 27th – October 22nd, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1st, 5-8PM

Artist Panel: Saturday, October 8th, 3pm

Sally Jacobs – Larger than Life
Sally Jacobs, Bok Choy, Watercolor, 27 x 29"
In her latest exhibit of watercolor paintings and graphite drawings Sally Jacobs, a long time Miracle Mile resident, was inspired by the rich arrays of produce and flora found in Los Angeles’ farmers markets. Jacobs zooms in, portraying flowers, vegetables, and fruit with dramatic precision. She  transforms a vegetable we choose for nourishment or a flower for decoration by aiming higher, rendering the unique structure eye-catching and explicit, causing the viewer to catch their breath in wonder.

Jacobs uses watercolor or pencil in a unique, graduated way, masterfully capturing the minutest details of her subjects’ anatomy while staying true to the whole. She delves deep into a plant’s structure to reveal striking patterns and colors that seize one’s attention and imagination.

Jacobs is a contemporary botanical artist who has exhibited in numerous juried shows in New York and San Francisco, and at museums in New York, Minneapolis and Phoenix. She was an award winner at the Brand 37 Works on Paper exhibit and is one of the artists included in Todays Botanical Artists, a publication of well-regarded nature artists.

Ernie Marjoram – Homage to Trees
Ernie Marjoram, Backlit, Oil, 36 x 48"
As a Los Angeles artist, Ernie Marjoram lives in the city and sometimes finds himself stressed and anxious while stuck in freeway traffic. On a recent visit to the local San Bernardino Mountains Marjoram seemed to feel better, physically and emotionally when surrounded by trees. With this new series of paintings the artist has attempted to capture that feeling and bring it back to the city. “At least now I am surrounded by paintings of trees!” the artist said with a smile.

Marjoram’s art reflects his interest in representational painting techniques but upon closer inspection the images also utilize elements of abstraction. Working on canvas with traditional brushes, Marjoram also uses unconventional tools such as sea sponges, rags, string and rope to create subtle textures and random forms. Unusual angles and close cropping further enhance the sense of abstraction in some of the compositions. Working from his own photos, Marjoram moved his easel from the studio into his backyard to be able to paint in unfiltered natural light and fresh air.

“The process of creating these paintings was an enjoyable yet challenging experience. I am still exploring how to render tree forms in the futile attempt to capture the beauty of nature.”

Jane Peterson – Welcome Earthlings
Jane Peterson, Landing, Mixed media sculpture, 25 x 38 x 4.5"
Jane Peterson’s new work continues to explore the spectrum of human emotion with particular attention to anxiety, passion, fear, as well as elements of humor. Cartoon-like characters make their way through Peterson’s fanciful compositions, ranging from otherworldly creatures to abstracted human forms. Her hybrid travelers exist in an environment not entirely foreign to that of her viewers; they wander between reality and the subconscious, taking on personalities that are decidedly familiar, yet eerie.

For her limited edition digital pieces, Peterson always starts with drawing. The digital process and its potential to surpass and exceed the speed of thought continually amaze Peterson. Any digital mark she makes can be instantly changed, duplicated, or eliminated. In addition to digital paintings, this current body of work includes drawings on birch panels with wax/oil crayon, ink, and graphite. The wax surface is polished with a soft cloth, to create a satin finish. The surfaces of her sculptures are treated in the same way, on ceramic, wood, and metal supports.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Current Exhibition: Pam Douglas, Andrea Kichaven, Shelley Lazarus

August 30 – September 24, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 5-8PM

Artist Panel: Saturday, September 17, 3pm

Pam Douglas – Rhythms
Pam Douglas, The Pulse of Our Times, Mixed media on canvas, 31 x 77"
Pam Douglas’ newest exhibition, “Rhythms” began in a doctor’s office where she lay hooked up to an electrocardiogram – an EKG machine. As she watched the lines form on the scrolling paper, Douglas was fascinated with the cadences, the peaks and rests that described her heart. Those series of rhythms inspired this newest series of paintings.

As Douglas explored, she asked, “What’s happening in the world that makes the heart clench?” She thought about the fear and hostility in our current political and social landscapes. Those anxieties bred mixed-media works utilizing newspaper headlines intertwined with the EKG lines. She also asked, “What helps the heart release?” The answer led to a monochromatic landscape constructed from an EKG that flat-lines into light.

Douglas’ palette of materials increased as these layers of meaning called for tougher mediums – rope, string, sand, as well as newsprint and paint. Representational elements – hands and birds – joined with abstractions.

Exploring this series further, Douglas’ subjects extended far beyond heartbeats. Waves of sound make similar rhythms, as do phases of nature. From heartbeats to sound waves, our lives are measured in pulses of energy. We sense universal tempos in the timing of our days.

Andrea Kichaven – Waves
Andrea Kichaven, Imagine, Acrylic on surfboard, 72 x 18 x 9"
In her exhibition entitled “Waves,” Southern California-based artist, Andrea Kichaven, takes a simple Californian staple, a leisurely stroll on beach, and transmutes the concept into something tangible by way of recycling worn out surfboards. Not only have these surfboards earned thousands of dollars for charities, they have earned the attention of many collectors.

“Surfboard art” is a departure for Kichaven in more ways than one. Abandoning her usual colorful and geometric compositions, Kichaven quite literally “rides the waves” with this body of work, letting the ocean tides and her imagination whisk her away to new heights and even greater depths. Even with the medium change, one will always be able to identify a Kichaven artwork by “how it makes one smile.”

Kichaven has painted on many sizes and surfaces, yet none have excited her more than this current obsession. Keeping with ecological and environmental thinking, Kichaven repurposes the surfboard as her own personal canvas, navigating the curves and grooves with her brush strokes, activating the space of an object whose function was previously exhausted. The boards cease to be surfboards the minute they are painted. They become a different shaped surface on which the artist can paint. The result is a body of work with as much variety as the waves themselves.

Shelley Lazarus – H20 COLOR
Shelley Lazarus, Gossip, Watercolor, 16 x 12.5"
Shelley Lazarus’ new works go back to her days in Brooklyn spending wonderful sun filled afternoons on the beaches of Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Today she has traded in her Atlantic Ocean times for the Pacific Ocean in Ventura, CA.

Watercolor has always been her medium of choice from the time she started traveling the globe with her husband. "Find a bench and pull out your very portable gear and get lost in the splendor of seeing your colors shimmering on the white page depicting your newest vista." Her paintings are noted for the vibrant colors that she works with. Shelley has never been a purist watercolor artist and will incorporate new ways to use her watercolors. Today she works in all forms of watercolors including mediums, photo papers and the infamous Yupa, besides finding new ways to use the many watercolor papers available today.

Shelley is a founding member of TAG and has been on its board since its inception, serving as president in 2000. She has been teaching watercolor to adults at the Brentwood Art Center for twenty-three years and is a signature member of many art related organizations including the Watercolor Honor Society. The proceeds of her shows go to the Robert David Lazarus Rehabilitation Unit at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in memory of her son Robert.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

2016 California Open Selections -- Paintings, part 4

Enjoy some selections from the 2016 TAG California Open Exhibition, which runs August 10-26.
Artists' Reception and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, August 13, 5 - 8 pm

Chuka Susan Chesney, Coffee with Jesus, Watercolor, pen and ink, 18" x 24" 
Charles Karp, Degas' Little Dancer, Oil on canvas, 48" x 26" 

Christo Linquata, Death of Christo, Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 72" x 96" 
Robert Nelson, Deliquescence, Graphite, white pencil and acrylic on shaped wood panel, 24" x 24"
Carolin Peters, Soil, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 24" 
Teresa Shea, Spaceman, Oil on canvas, 36" x 29"
Judy Sklar, Seated Woman With Dog, Watercolor on Paper, 24" x 18" 
Fred Tieken, Uno in Love, Acrylic & found object on canvas, 24" x 20" 
Jodi Weitzman, Want Some?, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 24"